The Ethics of Faux Fur

A long time ago wearing fur was a very big part of the fashion industry and nothing much was thought about the cruelty that had to be undertaken to create the clothing. In fact, even in the 21st century there are big name celebrities like Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Madonna who have donned the fur of an animal for the sake of fashion. Thankfully the views of the general public have changed over the years and it seems that whilst the fur industry is still amongst us it doesn’t hold much of a presence anymore. Instead, brands have jumped aboard the faux fashion trend. Read more to find out the ethics behind fake fur clothing…

The Intentions

The real fur industry is one that allows animals to pay a grave price for our need to meet the latest fashion trends. On the other hand the faux fur industry, which was introduced in 1929 and became commercially available during the 50’s, battles this head on by providing a cruelty free option. After all, no living creature should have to suffer at the hands of industry. Despite the animal rights intentions however, it seems that the truth behind faux fur is not as ethical as one may believe after growing concerns were raised about the toxicity of the production process.

Harm to the Environment

The creation of faux fur is 60% synthetic which means that a lot of the clothing is created using some kind of plastic. Whilst this stays true to its animal cruelty free ethos, the production of this material is effectively damaging our environment. Just like most things in the fast fashion industry, faux fur is made with quickly using very cheap methods in order to curb production costs which subsequently leads to the item breaking not long after purchase. Of course, there is no other place for it to end up other than a landfill where is take a very long time for the acrylic to degrade.

What can be done?

With the unsustainability of faux fur in mind we also have to remember that the real fur industry is not one that can be support with a clear conscience either, since both products present a risk to the environment and wearing real fur comes with a heavy burden to bear for many. So what can be done? There are many opinions that suggest the fur industry be abandoned all together as a means to protect animal welfare and save the environment however this isn’t an idea that catches on overnight. With this said, consumers can help make faux fur more ethical by choosing sustainable plastics like recycled polyester and taking care of their garments so that they last longer.

Here at 2forjoy we believe very strongly in the idea of ethical fashion and what it stands for which is why we are working hard to increase the transparency within the industry and reveal what is really going on behind the scenes. Using unsustainable production methods and harmful materials is not something that fits with our ethos. To find out more information about how our clothing stems from ethical recourses and processes, contact a member of the 2forjoy team today!

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